Sunday, March 31, 2013

The planet gets tanked

Petroleum dreams
London, ON
March 2010
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Lots of debate in the Great White North over pipelines. Specifically, the Keystone pipeline, and the broader issue of Canada's oil production capability and what we're willing to do as a nation to sell it to the rest of the world.

As the arguments rage this way and that, the headlines bring us something akin to an ultimate irony: an Exxon-owned pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas ruptured, spilling Canadian crude all over local backyards and forcing homeowners to be evacuated.

I realize that we've pretty much guaranteed our addiction to dinosaur-juice for the forseeable future. Any my owning a car means I'm one of the billions of people on this planet who are contributing to the problem. Indeed, we're all part of the demand-side problem that makes pipelines through the backyards of regular folks a sad necessity of modern life.

There are no easy solutions to any of this, but it still strikes me as somewhat tragic that decades after the first so-called "oil crisis", we still haven't taken anything beyond tentative steps to figuring it out. We happily maintain our petroleum-based reality and in doing so continue to pump untold billions into the coffers of nations whose most notable contributions to humankind involve being situated in the right stretch of oil-soaked desert. If only we had seriously invested in technology that would have broken the chain sooner.

I know, I know: hard challenges, and no easy answers. But still...where's the will?

As I walked through this East London neighborhood and snapped this scene, I wondered how much longer we'd be having this conversation. And how much longer some of us would cast wary glances out the back door of the house.

Your turn: Will we live to see the day when our economy is no longer mostly based on oil-based energy?


David Edward said...

oil outlast me, and probably my 25 year old. prices never come back down and the taxes that the Govt makes off it means THEY are hooked too. All the green energy talk coming from the top is a diversion

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Your turn: Will we live to see the day when our economy is no longer mostly based on oil-based energy?

I think we'll burn the planet down first, Carmi.

Because big money likes things the way they are.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I agree w/ the thunderdon'tgetya... we are doomed, Carmi... same thing w/healthcare.. I was interviewed by a reporter who has been keeping up w/the rates.... not good for us 50 something-yr. olds.. next year 34% increase + a obamacare fee to boot!